Iranian Parliament to review boycott of 26 U.S. officials
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 7 /Trend/
The Iranian parliament will review list of sanctions against 26 U.S. officials on Sunday, June 12, Fars News Agency reported quoting the Parliament ary National Security Committee Deputy Chairman Mohammad Kousari as saying.
"The National Security Committee submits the plan to sanction and purse 26 U .S . officials as criminals on Sunday,' he told.
The Parliament is expected to approve the sanction list at its Sunday's general session. Following the Parliament's approval, the Guardian Council is to ratify the list.
Late May, the Iranian Parliament has imposed sanctions on 26 U . S . officials, including former defense and intelligence chiefs, for their alleged involvement in the killing of civilians and the torture of suspects in US-run prisons.
The officials on the list include commander of US forces in Iraq Raymond Odierno, USS Vincennes Captain Will Rogers III, former FBI chief Thomas J. Pickard, and the former commander of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Geoffrey D. Miller, Jalali said.
Current Guantanamo commander Rear Admiral Jeffery Harbeson, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and another US military official will also be sanctioned by Tehran.
Pickard is charged with human rights violations over his involvement in the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in 1993, and the death of over 80 followers of the cult.
He is also accused of human rights violations during his tenure as the CIA station chief in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003.
Miller, who commanded the US prison at Guantanamo Bay between 2002 and 2007, is charged with torture of inmates, while Harbeson is charged in connection with human rights violations at the detention center since 2010.
Rogers will have sanctions imposed on him over the killing of 290 Iranian civilians on board Iran Air Flight 655, which was shot down by the USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988.
Rumsfeld, who was US secretary of defense from 1975 to 1977 and from 2001 to 2006, is also on the list for the killing of thousands of civilians in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also charged in connection with human rights violations and torture at two notorious prisons, Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Bagram in Afghanistan.
Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq from May 2003 to June 2004, and General Tommy Franks, who led the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, are also on the list of US officials that the Iranian parliament plans to impose sanctions on.